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What ‘Batman’ might’ve looked like without Bill Finger

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Cartoonist Ty Templeton, who illustrated Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, has thrown his support behind author Marc Tyler Nobleman’s renewed effort to convince Google to mark the 100th anniversary of Bill Finger’s birth on Feb. 8 with a Google Doodle.

To help increase public awareness of Finger as the uncredited co-creator of Batman, Templeton not only rattles off some of the writer’s contributions to the mythos — the Batmobile, the Batcave, Wayne Manor, the basic look of Batman’s costume, and key villains and supporting players, among them — but also a comic strip that imagines a Batman created solely by Bob Kane.

You can see the full strip on Templeton’s blog. He also posted some pages from Bill the Boy Wonder, including the spread below that illustrates just some of the elements Finger introduced to Batman comics.

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Something I’ve always wondered…was the Tim Drake Robin costume from the Batman Animated Series and later used by the comic book version a nod to the original Kane concept. Or it is just a coincidence?

If you have a question about anything, either Finger or Robinson did it.

Now there is a topic for the next “The Line is Drawn”…how would the DC universe look without Bill Finger.

This strip is awesome.

How would Batman look without Kane? Oh yeah, he would not exist.

Finger deserves recognition but I’m sick of hearing everyone lionize Kane for being a better businessman than artist.

I have that book on finger,on my MUST get list.I think above all other comic creaters,Finger got the royal shaft.I read a bit some where on line, about how Finger would always be hard up for money,and have to beg a few bucks off fellow dc employees, as the big shots would sit back and laugh at his doing so.I’ve come to beleave that kane was a great user of men, and had no shame in doing so.I’ve ran into his kind.One of them is putting out his books on amazon that give no credit or royalties to the co creator.The spirit of Kane lives on.

@Mike Mike: Nice strawman. Do you see anyone, anywhere claiming that Bob Kane doesn’t deserve credit for co-creating Batman? Do you see anybody claiming Finger was the sole creator? Do you see Nobleman and Templeton doing that, in their book which explicitly refers to Finger as CO-creator IN ITS TITLE?

TWO men created Batman. That’s the point. That’s what “co” means.

Nobody’s trying to take co-creator credit away from Kane. The only person who took co-creator credit away from anybody was Kane himself.

And BTW you might want to look up what the word “lionize” means before the next time you try to use it in a sentence.

@Mike Mike: Nice strawman. Do you see anyone, anywhere claiming that Bob Kane doesn’t deserve credit for co-creating Batman?

Yeah, it’s only a few posts above yours:

“If you have a question about anything, either Finger or Robinson did it.”

And they might want to be careful with the jokes about Kane lifting the bat wings from Da Vinci. A good bit of Finger’s contributions to Batman were lifted from the Shadow. Splinter in your eye, log in mine and all that.

Nice try, but that comment was a response to a question about Robin’s costume, not the question of who created Batman.

>>>Something I’ve always wondered…was the Tim Drake Robin costume from the Batman Animated Series and later used by the comic book version a nod to the original Kane concept. Or it is just a coincidence?

That costume was created for Tim before the cartoon.

>>>Something I’ve always wondered…was the Tim Drake Robin costume from the Batman Animated Series and later used by the comic book version a nod to the original Kane concept. Or it is just a coincidence?

>That costume was created for Tim before the cartoon.

He’s talking about the red-and-black Gotham Knights version, the kid-Robin duds without any green, later adopted by Tim Drake in the comics as his second costume. As for any similarities to Kane’s Bat-Man, I believe it’s just a coincidence.

People are inclined to go too far and deny Kane any credit at all for the same reason they do with Lee–he did very little, and reaped all the benefits. With Kane, however, his involvement was even smaller, and the work he did to take all the credit away from his collaborators more heinous. He deserves a co-creator credit based on the name, but it really should be “Bill Finger and Bob Kane”, not “Bob Kane and…” or the smack-in-the-face “[Just] Bob Kane” we’re actually left with.

It’s repulsive to me that there are people out there who’d chalk up what Kane did to his fellow creators as just being “a better businessman than an artist.” I have to hope that comes from ignorance of the history, and not just an alien moral compass.

THAD!!!! You’re here! And I see you up to your old starting flame wars just like you used to do at Comics Alliance. Still accusing every argument of being a strawman too. Ha! Classic, just classic.

Good times.

Bill Finger was also instrumental in developing the Alan Scott Green Lantern. He was never credited for his many contributions and it really sucks the way he ended up.

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